Penny J Kendall | Christian Life Coach » Empowering God's Women to Live ON MISSION

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Have you ever had someone in your home that you couldn’t wait to invite again? Or had one that you said you’d never ask to come back? How do you think you’d be described? Which of these would you like to be? The scripture tells us over and over again that — the Lord is gracious and compassionate. Oh, how I […]

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  • Shann Eva - September 13, 2015 - 8:32 pm

    This is such a great post. I always try to be a great guest, but it helps having these reminders. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - September 22, 2015 - 1:30 am

      Thank you, Shann. I am so glad these little helps were a blessing to you. PennyReplyCancel

We had moved from the big city to rural America where the starter homes were newly built and young families were flocking. Our little cul-de-sac of suburban life may have been like one depicted in a Norman Rockwell painting — if it weren’t for the intruders. Unfortunately our neighborhood was built in a downward slope and prone to flooding. […]

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  • Courtney Kendall Steed - September 11, 2015 - 3:09 pm

    Wise words! Thanks for this insight, and for images of snakes dropping out of ceilings :)ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Steed - September 11, 2015 - 11:02 pm

    Wise words! Thanks for this insight, and for images of snakes dropping out of ceilings :)ReplyCancel

  • Penny Kendall - September 12, 2015 - 8:18 am

    Thank you all for your sweet encouragement and your great comments here and on Facebook. You are an awesome tribe!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Worrell - September 13, 2015 - 12:41 am

    I love your analogy. Thank you for your wisdom and the gentle reminder to guard our hearts with our Lords mighty armor.ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - September 22, 2015 - 1:32 am

      Thank you, Lori, for your kind words. I’m so glad it was a blessing to you.ReplyCancel

  • When Grace Becomes Instinct | Grace & Such - September 28, 2015 - 8:00 pm

    […] of others. It is about responding to those who hurt differently than they deserve. Not forgiving opens up a space for Satan to squeeze in and take up residence. It grows a bitter root in our hearts that chokes out our […]ReplyCancel

Do you ever feel like things are a bit unsteady; like the earth is quaking under your feet and everything in you wants to run away in panic, even though there is nowhere to run? Do you ever feel like your heart will beat out of your chest — your breath quickening and your mind reeling? Do you ever feel […]

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  • Margaret Sloan - September 18, 2015 - 8:49 pm

    I so love this article ! My first instinct is always to run. I don’ t know why, but I’ve always panicked and ran, or just go deeper inside myself, and make myself totally unavailable. I have learned that if I just go to God and trust in him , yes he does put me on that solid rock, and he does make me feel strong and secure. I’m so thankful that he is my refuge in my time of fear. I’ve really learned to trust him more, and stand strong on that solid rock !!!ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - September 22, 2015 - 1:34 am

      Thank you, Margaret, for your kind words. So glad you were blessed and encouraged to keep seeking his refuge in time of fear. I’m standing with you!ReplyCancel

Many years ago, when my husband and I were first married, we attended a weekend retreat that was designed to strengthen our marriage through better communication and understanding. It’s been more than 30 years since that weekend but I’ll always remember a very important thing that we learned there … Feelings are NEITHER RIGHT OR WRONG ~ they […]

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  • Jennifer Sikora - September 15, 2010 - 8:06 am

    So many people need to hear this message. Thanks for sharing.


  • Robin - September 15, 2010 - 10:55 am

    Thank you for your encouraging blog. Following you from ifellowship.ReplyCancel

  • Jenifer Buxton - December 6, 2012 - 11:38 am

    I stumbled across your page. I “googled” Pics of honor. I wanted to post on my fb page a pic that would demonstrate showing honor is some fashion. I intended to caption it w/ “What you honor you draw to you!” Your page came up w/the google search.

    I LOVE WHAT I’VE SEEN ON THIS PAGE! The Lord Bless you!

    Jenifer BuxtonReplyCancel

    • Penny - March 15, 2014 - 3:27 am

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. I’m glad you found me and that you were blessed by what you saw — hope you’ll visit again. pennyReplyCancel

Simply put … my life can sometimes feel a bit crazy! A few years ago a friend of mine taught me how to make a crazy quilt. These kind of quilts date back to the Victorian Era. This is a technique in quilt-making where irregularly-shaped pieces of fabric are sewn together to form a collage of colors and textures. These pieces […]

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  • Jared - June 17, 2010 - 9:57 pm

    I like the blog!ReplyCancel

  • Smockity Frocks - June 20, 2010 - 4:37 pm

    Beautiful! I love the header!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - June 20, 2010 - 11:04 pm

    I cant wait to see all your insights in print :)ReplyCancel

  • Pat Angeley - June 29, 2010 - 9:33 am

    Wow! Love this!! Truths!! Will be watching what insight you will be posting next. Love ya, PatReplyCancel

  • Ola - July 2, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    Dearest Penny,

    thank you so much for your thoughts. It’s wonderful to once again have the feeling of stopping by for a chat especially since I can not do it in person.ReplyCancel

I was one of those home-school pioneers. I began my home-schooling career in the early 80’s before it was accepted by more than a few and while it was still outlawed in several states. When I embarked on my adventure, there was only one textbook publishing company who supported those interested in teaching their own children or would even […]

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  • Smockity Frocks - July 14, 2010 - 11:11 pm

    Yes! It is soooooooo “easy to get caught up in the ‘how’ of homeschooling and forget the ‘why’.” I find this happens all too frequently.

    Thank you for this reminder!ReplyCancel

  • Autumn - July 14, 2010 - 11:52 pm

    I’m finding this year-my last year of homeschooling to be THE MOST CHALLENGING-and it hasn’t even started yet!!!!
    It’s only been 30 years-guess I’m tired huh?

    Anyway-I’m happily anticipating “life after homeschooling”-only a few more months and I can throw in the towel!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Penny - July 15, 2010 - 1:16 am

      I can totally understand. I’m wishing for you the strength needed to get through this last leg of the ‘homeschooling’ race … then let the celebration begin for the race well run! Woohoo! ReplyCancel

  • Courtney (#1 daughter) - July 15, 2010 - 9:21 am

    How true. I remember those “out of the box” more than anything else. As I start our own home school this fall, I can see how easy it will be for me to get caught up in the “right way” to do it. We have LOTS of worksheets, online lessons and book work to do. But, I will really seek to remember this concept..thanks for reminding me what I experienced for myself as a child, that God’s classroom is a more important place to be than one that looks like a school room :)

    Also, I think it worth saying that regardless of the choices you make for your kiddos in regard to education, our homes are still to be God’s classroom, and are the perfect place to set up for the “school year” :)ReplyCancel

  • Friday Favorites — Daily Dwelling - August 13, 2010 - 7:31 am

    […] Our Homeschool: God’s Classroom by Life as a Crazy Quilt […]ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - April 28, 2011 - 11:55 am

    Thank you for sharing this! Truly I have been blessed! I am a homeschool mom of four kids with one on the way. I have been at this for three years and have found myself also in God’s Classroom. Being the wife of a Pastor, a life devoted to ministry has caused me to learn a great many lessons while schooling my children. Everything you shared I will hold in my heart and memory banks! Thank you!ReplyCancel

“There is nothing more precious than a grateful child … the opposite is also true” This is one of the ‘isms’ we adopted in our home as we raised our six children. I came to realize over the course of our child rearing and our ministry how important the idea of gratefulness was and continues […]

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  • Courtney - July 20, 2010 - 7:51 pm

    blog comments, thunderstorms, a working vehicle, an emergency fund for when the car breaks, for sweet friends, for future hopes, for precious memories! :)

    The red m&m’s reminds me ..Canon told someone the other day that mommy’s favorite color was red. I asked him why he said that, he told me it was cause I always asked for the “red ones!” :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - July 21, 2010 - 10:38 am

    What a great list of blessings! You have a beautiful family!

    • Penny - July 21, 2010 - 10:54 am

      Thank you, Jessica … feel free to add a few of your own.ReplyCancel

  • Charity - July 21, 2010 - 12:11 pm

    I am visiting from ifellowship – so glad I came by. What an important, beautiful message. I think I need to do the gratefulness journal, as I get so bogged down by the everyday struggles and disappointments in mothering my 4 children.

    Here’s some of mine today:
    all 4 children love their swim lessons and are great swimmers too!
    the delicious brats my husband grilled to perfection last night for supper
    the sweet bunny rabbit we are caring for this summer and how all my kids love to take care of him
    my 5 year old spontaneously breaking into a praise and worship song!ReplyCancel

    • Penny - July 25, 2010 - 7:00 pm

      Thank you, Charity, for stopping by.

      It is so easy to get bogged down in the daily things and forget how blessed we are. Thanks for sharing your simlple blessings with all of us.


  • cfoxes33 - July 21, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    Your list made me tear up. Especially when I read about your son, the funeral and the caretakers. What special people. I have a daughter in the Navy. She is stationed in North Carolina right now, but you never know.

    I am thankful for

    A good cup of coffee
    A job
    A good friend
    My devotion
    Our freedom

    I will leave it at that. But thank you for your post today.ReplyCancel

    • Penny - July 25, 2010 - 7:03 pm

      Thank you, CFoxes, so much for your kind words and for sharing your list of blessings. My prayers go with your daughter and my thanks go with her as well.


  • Ashley @ Just Another Mom of 2 - July 21, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing your blog with me! I’m so glad I had the chance to read this post. What a beautiful way to blog a list- and a great post to remind us all to think about the little things regularly.ReplyCancel

    • Penny - July 25, 2010 - 7:04 pm

      Thank you, Ashley, for stopping by. I am so thankful you were blessed by this post.

      Have a wonderful week full of simple blessings,

  • Penny - July 21, 2010 - 4:41 pm

    Wow! Another Penny! I had to stop and comment! I’m visiting from iFellowship and am now following your blog! I look forward to coming back when I have more time… I’m off to lead a Bible Study tonight!

    Your list brought tears to my eyes – just by the sheer length of it! Made me a little guilty that earlier I was having a pity party about my silly little problems (ok, some are not so little) – but thanks for the reminder that there are blessings all around me!

    I would love for you to come see me at Living Above Ministries!

    your sis in the faith,

    • Penny - July 25, 2010 - 7:05 pm

      Hi … another Penny … so glad you stopped by. Took a tour of your blog and loved your post about coffee … left you a message there. Hope you’ll stop back by often.


  • Steph @ MomKaboodle - July 21, 2010 - 5:21 pm

    Wow, what an amazing list! Your list of blessings was truly a blessing to me – thanks so much. I was definitely in need of a reminder today to stand back and appreciate all of my blessings. I used to keep a Thanksgiving Journal (and it REALLY helped me to put my day into perspective), but I’ve let that go by the wayside. I think it may be time to pull that out and start filling it in again.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration and for participating in iFellowship. I will be coming back more often to see what other amazing insights you have to share. :)ReplyCancel

    • Penny - July 25, 2010 - 7:07 pm

      Steph … so glad you stopped by and that you were blessed by the post on simple blessings. I so often need a reminder to stand back and appreciate them as well. I hope you have a wonderful week full of simple blessings and that you can see them clearly.


  • Merlin - July 24, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    Dear Penny,

    I thank you so much of your encouragement!

    Love you!


    • Penny - July 25, 2010 - 7:07 pm

      Hey Merlin … so glad you came by. You are one of the many blessings on my list of blessings. I love you too!


  • Mona - July 25, 2010 - 6:55 pm

    Hi Penny! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I am big on counting my blessings too. Throughout the day I thank God for each thing I’m grateful for.
    Stop by my BlogFrog Community. I have a Graditude Alphabet post there:

    Mona : )ReplyCancel

    • Penny - July 25, 2010 - 7:08 pm

      Mona … took a look at your Gratitude Alphabet … how cool. What a great way to get people involved in naming their blessings.

      Thanks for stopping by.